memorial stones

Lifegroup last night. There were six of us, all women in the Autumn or Winter season of their lives. We are divorced, widowed and still married. We work and we’re retired. We are all moms. We have grandchildren and we are hoping for grandchildren. 

We love Jesus and we want to love Him more. Better. Deeper. 

We had a time of worship. 

  • When You Walk into the Room – Bryan & Katie Torwalt
  • Counting Every Blessing – Rend Collective
  • Reckless Love – Cory Asbury

I need a louder bluetooth speaker, but the worship was still sweet. Afterward, they gathered around me, layed on hands and prayed for some health issues I’m having. Prayer warriors, every one of them! And I think I want to do more of that. More of the laying on of hands and storming the heavens for one another. There’s just something powerful and sweet and comforting in it, not to mention that it moves the heart of God.

Then to the table that we gather around to talk about our lives, Jesus, and the Word of God. We used to gather in the living room, but one of our members has trouble staying awake in those chairs you sink into and never want to leave. So, we wondered if sitting around the dining room table would help her. It did, so we stayed. Because yes, one person is important enough to make some changes. One person is worth the hard chairs. And actually, I think we all prefer the table. It’s more intimate, and easier to take notes. And to eat cookies.

I had asked each of them to bring a rock, or a stone with them to group, along with a short testimony of an attribute of God that has been evident in their lives.

And then we read from Joshua.

The priests carrying the ark of the Lord’s covenant stood firmly on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel crossed on dry ground until the entire nation had finished crossing the Jordan.” – Joshua 3:17

After the entire nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord spoke to Joshua: “Choose 12 men from the people, one man for each tribe,and command them: Take 12 stones from this place in the middle of the Jordan where the priests are standing, carry them with you, and set them down at the place where you spend the night.”” – Joshua 4:1-2

In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ you should tell them, ‘The waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the Lord’s covenant. When it crossed the Jordan, the Jordan’s waters were cut off.’ Therefore these stones will always be a memorial for the Israelites.”” – Joshua 4:6-7

And one by one, we went around the table and talked about who God has been in our lives. For one, He has been her cornerstone. Always there. For another, He’s always been the Inviter, always calling her back to Him. Around the table, He has been merciful, provision, holy, love, faithful, and the God who speaks. I could sense our own faith levels rising as we recounted the ways God has poured Himself into our lives.

And after each testimony, we laid down our stone. 

And then we prayed. We thanked Him for who He is, and who He has been for us. And then we prayed for our children and our grandchildren – those born, and those yet to be. We prayed that all that He has been for us, He will be for them in even greater measure.

I prayed that my children and my grandchildren would know the voice of God through their lives. That He would speak to them the way He has spoken to me over the years, and that His voice would be even more precious to them than it is to me. 

That little pile of stones in the middle of a dining room table represents the movements of God in the lives of six random women on this planet. We have all been through trying times, difficult circumstances that threatened to break us, but didn’t. Because God. 

What is your memorial stone? Take the time to consider some of the ways God has been God in your life. Think on His kindness, His goodness, generosity, provision, power, and yes, even His discipline. Thank Him, and then pray for your children (current or future) and the generations yet to come. Pray they will know God better and deeper than you know Him. Pray He takes them farther than you have gone and do greater things than you have done for the Kingdom of God. That’s what we want, right? For those coming after us to know a greater measure of what we have known.

p.s. – this is my first post that I’m putting under the small group tab. Leading a Lifegroup is a big part of my life in this season, so naturally, I feel the need to share about it. It’s what I do. 🙂 So, there will be more Lifegroup shenanigans to come.

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